Humans have domesticated dogs and kept them as pets for over 12,000 years.
If you're a dog owner, you're probably pretty familiar with your beloved canine. You know their every mood, behavior, and understand exactly what it means when they start to whine by the front door. A human and dog's relationship is one based on mutual understanding, love, and loyalty, and hopefully, you and your dog have all three.
You might think that you've got every piece of information about your dog locked away in your brain, but there are also a lot of things you might not know. Below, we've compiled 24 interesting dog facts and tidbits of information about your adorable pooch. Check them out, and you might gain a better personal understanding of your pooch. If not, at least #19 is really entertaining.
Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic: a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese.
Dogs' nose prints are as unique as a human’s finger prints and can be used to identify them.
The Basenji is the only dog in the world that cannot bark.
A dog’s sense of smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than a human's.
Dalmatian puppies are born completely white.
Dogs’ sweat glands are between their paw pads.
George Washington had 36 foxhounds. One of them was named Sweetlips.
70% of people sign their pet’s name on greeting cards.
The longer a dog’s nose, the more effective it’s internal cooling system.
The oldest known breed is likely the Saluki, which were originally domesticated by Egyptians.
It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. In fact, what dogs see all the time is what we see at dusk.
The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world.
Dogs have no sense of time.
Dogs judge objects first by their movement, then by their brightness, and lastly by their shape.
Female dogs are only ready to mate twice a year. The mating period lasts about 20 days.
In Roman times, mastiffs were given armor and sent out with the soldiers.
Humans can detect sounds at 20,000 times per second, while dogs can sense frequencies of 30,000 times per second.
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The Ancient Chinese royals carried Pekingese puppies in the sleeves of their robes.
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The oldest dog on record, a Queensland “Heeler” named Bluey, was 29 years, 5 months old.
Dachshunds, or "weiner dogs," were originally bred to fight badgers.
Long toenails on dogs' paws can actually cause foot disorders.
The border collie, the poodle, and the golden retriever are thought to be the top three smartest dogs.
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If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years. All the more reason to spay and neuter your pets!
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